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was talking about to manage overproduction. it was during the clinton administration after the u.s. joint the wto that the very controversial 1996 farm bill passed. that is a legislation that completely did away with the remaining new deal protections and it deregulating what had already begun in the 1950s and stopped all government intervention in commodity markets and eliminated all the final -- of the programs like the grain reserve and the most immediate result after that bill passed, those of you who are old enough, it was called freedom farm:farmers quickly started calling it freedom to failed. the most immediate result of the legislation was the dramatic increase in the production of commodities. all of the programs that kept the marginal land out of production which is really good for the environment were now being planted from fence row to fence row. by 1999 the price of corn was 50% above 1996 levels. fifty% below 1996 levels and full was down 41% and farmesoy was down 41% and farmers were in major economic distress. lobbying and policymakers didn't address these problems by rei
didn't do which was like having the four presidents who knew nothing about the military, clinton, obama, the younger bush who served in the military but didn't want to deal with the military and the was george herbert walker bush. so when you look at the contributions, these individuals may. it's no surprise tour in the terrible situation that we are in now because there has to be a corrective. when you look at the george herbert walker bush administration he had important people at the defense department, the secretary of defense cheney, his aides at the time for scooter libby and paul wolfowitz. this is the key in the iraq war in 2002, 2003 in the planning that took place for that more mackall was based on a tailored pattern of total destruction and outright lies and misconception. in the earlier bush administration to put together a secret paper for the defense planning guidance that talked about unilateralism so instead of taking advantage of the strategic opportunity to turn on the collapse of the berlin wall in 1989 and the collapse of the soviet union in 1991 all of the things we
differently that he didn't do, which was by having them do nothing about the military. clinton and obama and the younger bush. these four individuals made these contributions, it is no surprise that they were in the terrible situation that we find ourselves in now that has to be corrected. when we look at the george herbert walker bush administration, he had three important people at the defense department. it was based on just a tailored pattern of total deception and outright lies. they have put together a secret paper. instead of taking together a strategic opportunity the collapse of the soviet union in 1991, all of those things we didn't expect to see in a lifetime. i certainly didn't expect to see this a couple of us wrote about the problems and no one expected it to collapse like a house of cards. this opportunity you was totally not taken. it was not taken by the bush administration. there were things like the invasion of panama and one individual had been on the cia payroll for most of the time and that is a heck of a precedence to set the terms of the military. it speaks as a m
unquote in any way commiserate with the earthquake as bill clinton would soon were or that the ground would become a significant more dangerous. the rain could be bad but it isn't usually that bad. the caribbean doesn't have a monsoon. the danger of floods and landsat would be somewhat greater when hurricane season got underway but in march it was still several months to mitigate the danger. nevertheless, returning to new york, he would expand on his concerns in washington's post on writing that quote is ground seemed quote turned to mud, dangers entities. he joined the drumbeat of warnings about the approaching of the rain. aid agencies are in a race against time, but a press release. once again it was because it's the only way to get aid and donors was to create indiscriminate panic. and again, media were not amused. when the first season range are hidden from my editors rush me out too, or else, the golf course. for waiters with a waterproof notebook and headlamp and that justifies entering the mequon dealt in july. i switched, stopped to the amused greetings of two men playing car
hamilton's history of womanizing. for example, bill clinton was not the first, and bill clinton was not the worse when it comes to misbehavior in high office. there's a long, long history of it. and eliot spitzer, arnold schwarzenegger, david petraeus, these guys had nothing on alexander hamilton. and what we find is if you read, for example, letters by martha washington during those winter camps, she was tough. she was like a soldier. she didn't complain about the weather, the harsh conditions, but she did complain about one thing. there was a tomcat one winter that was misbehaving with all the lady can cats, and it was noisy, noisy, noisy, and it kept her awake at night, so she nicknamed the tomcat alexander hamilton. [laughter] i also did a book a few years ago called life in the white house, and it was about the presidents at ease. what did they eat? what hobbies did they have of? what are their fears and hopes? or what are they like as fathers and husbands? how did their kids turn out? as another way of assessing presidential character providing us with another lens. for ex
. they ask for gifts but the tree remembers. >> host: when you hear the term bill clinton is the first -- black president of the united states what are your thoughts? >> guest: oh my. i think it's absurd personally. i think sometimes we have been denied the highest attention for so long that when people attend our church and they know the hymns or they play the saxophone reasonably well, we accord them credit that is largely undeserved. bill clinton was returning that fleeing haitian refugees who had been fleeing the military dictatorship that we armed and supported in haiti, and he cordoned the place with ships and copies people and turned them over to their killers. in rwanda, in the u.n. it was ambassador madeleine albright who has to take some responsibility for it but deaths of 500,000 tutsis in rwanda because she single-handedly obstructed do you win intervention with the support of bill clinton. when a handful of nations and the caribbean, st. lucia, dominica and a few others, banana producing nation's, had a small slice of the european market to export their finance, though cli
the sudden they change the topic to something wildly off topic. talking about fiscal clinton subtly you get electron why you hate gay people and not only do you hate gay people but here is a letter signed an stamp from ronald reagan showing that you hate gay people and you have never seen it before and don't know what they're talking about. this is completely random information. what are you saying? the answer to that is not pretend -- the initial reaction is i know what you are talking about. the human response, to the ego, i know what you are talking about, why do we deal with this? i don't know what you're talking about and if you want to talk about it, let me do the research first and we can have an educated debate from the issue. i don't discuss things i don't know about. it take off of the table immediately and if it doesn't take off of the table and they continue to press forward they look like a bully because it is the bullying tactic. you don't ask people to talk about things they don't know about. you don't ask a seventh grader to do calculus unless they are a genius at it and you
with the earthquake come as bill clinton would soon warn, or that the ground would become significantly more dangerous than it had been before the quick. the rain could be bad but it isn't usually that bad. the caribbean doesn't have a monsoon. the danger of floods and landslides would be somewhat greater when hurricane season got underway in late summer and fall, but in march there was still several months to mitigate the danger. nevertheless, after returning to near, he would expand on his concerns and washington's post, writing that the ground would soon turn to mud, dangerous, and disease. he joined the drumbeat of warnings about the approaching of the rain. aid agencies are in a race against time, read a typical press release to once again, it was as if the only way to get these groups and others to act was to great indiscriminate panic. and again, the media were not amused. when the first season rain shower hit in the corporate editors rushed me out mid-storm to come white house, the golf course. with a waterproof notebook and different and look as if i was entering the mekong delta in july. i s
by the secretary clinton. of new liberal realists who looked at the bush idealism. we caw it -- call it knew owe conservativism. it's the conservative form of idealism about democracy and transforming countries about making things better by doing lot and lots of these things. and more or less concluded that was just not going work. and that we needed to retrench and become more realist in our approach to foreign policy. so i describe this the new liberal realists because they saw themselves as rejecting the neoconservativism. it involved a essentially rejecting a lot of the liberal international stuff they regarded as kind of soft and squishy. and regarded in the same way that the conservativism realists would regard it. and that tendency is very special in one particular way. the bush realists conservative realists tend to take words very, very seriously. they think that words have ways of coming back to bite you. and so one of the features about bolton about the bush realists was there, very careful negotiables on foreign sports. if you are the liberal international' dealist, soft, switchy. wh
and president clinton launched tomahawk missiles based on the intelligence from the embassies that were blown up in east africa. he launched tomahawk missiles into the sudan and afghanistan. and they hit targets to lend if you have as to any of us in this from the next morning whether america was the war, just that all of us would have said no. we fired some missiles, but we're not at war. if u.s. people is the impact of those, not missiles i think there would have a different view. so the danger is committed to a potentially lower the willingness to use force and nothing given as four. yet you build up entities, you build the people who think there are a war with you. when did al qaeda go to war with the united states? the average answer is september september 11th. al qaeda declared war in 1996. most of us did not get the memo. but they attacked the coal, east africa, they were at war with us, and there's always a danger when one side is the war and the other is not commend both ways. the danger of all of this technology is that cyber has the same potential. anytime you can sit back and relati
of his boyish, looks and youthful charm, but george stephanopoulos is a massive bully. in the clinton war room and he pretends he is an objective journalist so that he can ram his agenda that everyone's throat. this civilian -- instead of going in he says i'm not objective, you're not objective. you're gonna sit there and let me make you look horrible. of am excited to be here, happy to be here, thank you for giving me access to you and your audience. before we get started afraid to my and conservative. you're a liberal. you're somebody who is in the clinton war room, somebody who takes talking points that i want our biases out on the table. at the outset people need to know that if i am questioning the premise of your question, because i'm being combative is because you're coming from the opposite political viewpoint of mine which is a perfectly fair tactic. newt gingrich did this during the debate. you would go after the questionnaire. that is what we ought to be doing. they are running control. and if you think that the audience is stacked against you and you think it is going to be so
for upper-income taxpayers they're going to go back to clinton-era tax rates. but the point in trying to make with this one chart, this is the real world. the idea that tax cuts pay for themselves is not the real world. when one side believes one thing in one side believes the other, there is not much room for consequence. i will come back to white, and they should be part of how you think about this. why is it that the two sides believe such different things? why do one depend on evidence and the other on broad principles about the size of government, individual liberty, and so forth and so on. so let me -- i can do this. of want to go back to that. let me move on to the experience . i am sure -- you all understand, and i think most people agree that the signature issue for the bush of illustration, the ones that had the most consequence and the ones that will shape the bush administration's place in history, that tax cut and the invasion. so you can imagine how difficult these decisions were and with respect before going in a committing all those troops and hundreds of billions of d
're going to go back to clinton era tax rates. but the point i'm trying to make with this one chart is to say, this is the real world, and the idea that tax cuts pay for themselves is not the real world. and when one side believes one thing and one side believes the other, there's not much room for consequence. i will come back to why and this should be part of how you think about this stuff. why is it that the two sides believe such different things? why does one depend on defend -- evidence and the other on broad principles about the size of government individual accomplish so forth and so on. so let me -- i want to go back to that. and let me move on to the experience with iraq. i'm sure you all understand -- and i think most people would agree -- the signature issues for the bush administration, the ones that had the most consequence and the ones that will shape the bush administration's place in history -- were, one, the tax cuts, and, two, the invasion of iraq. so you can imagine how difficult these decisions were, and with respect to iraq, before going in and committing all t
, unquote in any way come miss rat with the earthquake, as bill clinton would warp though, ground had become significantly more dangerous or diseased than before the quake. the rain can be bad but not usually that bad. they don't have a monsoon. the danger of floods and landslides would be somewhat greater when hurricane season got underway in late summer and fall, but in march there was still several months to mitigate the danger. nevertheless, after returning to new york, ban would expand on his concerns in the washington post writing that, quote, the steep ground would soon, quote, turn to mood, dangerous and diseased. he joined a drum beat of warnings about the approaching of the rains. eight agencies are in a race against time, read a typical prerainy season press release by care. once again, it was as if the only way to get aid groups and donors to, a was to create indiscriminate panic and media were not amused. when the first decent shower hit my editors sent me out to the golf course in full weighedders waders and poncho, i looked like it was entering the mekong delta in july. now, n
proper income tax payers, they're going to go back to the clinton era tax relief. the point i am trying to make with this one chart, this is the real world and the idea tax cuts favored themselves is not the real world and when one side believes one thing and one side believes the other there's not much room for a consequence. i will come back to why and this should be how you think about this one. why is it that the two sides believed such different things? why does one depend on evidence and the other depend more on broad principles about the size of government and individual liberty and so forth and so on? let me if i can do this, let me go back and let me move on to the experience with iraq. you all understand most people would agree the signature issue for the bush administration, the one that had the most consequence and the ones that will shape the bush administration's place in history, tax cuts and invasion of iraq. you can imagine how difficult these decisions were and with respect to iraq before going in and giving hundreds of billions of dollars you can imagine it took a lot
in policy and ran successfully? >> bill clinton is the most obvious. he writes out in the 16th year he decided it is an amazing experience because people are so interested to make a difference and me involved it is the most unfortunate experience but is exhilarating to not to want to do it again. >> host: tallis about your experience. where were you? what was the primary? >> guest: 2006 democratic primary road violence second congressional district the incumbent had was there for a while and prior to that was secretary of state and he is still in congress. the main reason iran is i felt he is not representing the district on the issues and that was important we were two-thirds pro-choice and voted 27 times against that. also we authorizing a egregious provisions of the pager fact, he was not very outspoken about the of war in iraq and i thought people of rhode island were not being represented by it rarely does the establishment feel the candidate can go against someone so i felt i had to do it. i have just written by a first book so i was very aware of the limitations and because i wa
part of the research for me as a couple of years ago i got a letter from now former president clinton and i'm going to send him one of the books and then i got one of the craziest best fan letters i have forgotten my whole life. it came from former president george h.w. bush. he read one of my novels the billionaires and asked if i would sign a copy for him. you are a leader of the free world, you will get a free book. whatever you want you have rented. you are the president. terry nice. i spent time with the bushes there and barbara and george are the sweetest and nicest people. they spent the first half hour of iowa's with them it was president bush trying to commence my wife that he invented the -- that is quality material. that's a good joke. he did not invent the phrase you are the man. he might have but the nice part was as i was researching this book i got to ask president bush questions about the white house and his time there and listen i write fiction. i can write anything i want but we all know that there are only a few people on this planet who know what it's like to live
because they did not support the surge can after hillary clinton and, barack obama, get after the entire joint chiefs of staff at the time who were all against the surge. you can make the case it works in the tactical way and it did cost a lot of money and a thousand extra soldiers died was that worth it? i don't know. but it is not a clear-cut fact that we won. but the jewish lobby question, the israeli press we refer to the jewish lobby there has been this thing going for years anybody to chris -- criticizes israel your anti-semitic you're talking about jews, not brazil -- israel. it is playing with words. i knowed jews in nebraska that never got any sense of anti-semitism the last three years has been president of mama's chair intelligence advisory board i have talked to people who have sat at meetings with them and i have been told that they have no dog in the fight there was no deal logical tilt with questions of iran's nuclear program. and the quality of the answers under questioning is kind of pathetic, but i don't know. i am sure the votes are lined up for him to win but you don'
years ago, i got a letter from former president clinton, writing about one of the books because someone sent him one of the books. and then i got one of the craziest, best fan letter is ever got from former president george h.w. bush, and he read one of my novels, the millionaires, ask asked if i would sign a copy of it. i said, you're the leader of the free world you get a free book. whatever you want. you're the president. and very nice, has me out to houston. i spend some time with the bushes there, and barbara and george are the sweetest people. they spent the first half hour we were with them, it was president bush trying to convince my wife he invented the phrase "you the man." and that's a good joke. my wife said, did you know he invented the phrase -- i said he did not invent the phrase pow you the men." but i don't know. he's the president. but i got to ask president bush questions about the white house and his time there, and i write fiction. i can make up anything i want. but we all know that there are only a few people on this planet who know what it's like to live in the wh
who would later ron go to work for secretary clinton to go and start thinking about did we want to even help people to use social media to democratize. so he created groups of friends, for instance people who would help overthrow terrorism and columbia who could chat with people in the middle east who were trying to deal with terrorism, as a week starting to use the social media. but i am trying to understand now read is an accelerant, it isn't the cause of the trend but it is an accelerant to read what is interesting is what is happening in the social media in china because the regime is doing everything it can to control the internet. it's terrified of the internet and in fact packing into the servers to try to find that last human rights advocate and the social media is going wild in china and the regime isn't so certain that maybe it's not a bad thing that people have a way to vent through social media so you remember the story of the girl that was run over in the streets, that exploded into the social media in china but i would say to the regime it's one thing people will j
is a couple years ago, um, i got a letter from now former president clinton writing about one of the books was someone had -- because someone had sent him one of the books, and then i got one of the craziest, best fan letters from former president george h.w. bush x. he read one of my normals, and he asked -- novels, and he asked if i would sign a copy for him. i'm like, you're the leader of the free world, you get a free book. you're the president. very nice. has me out to houston, i spend some time with the bushes, and barbara and george are like the sweetest, nicest people. they spent the first half hour that we were with them president bush tried to convince my wife that he invented the phase you the man, right? that's a good joke. and my wife's like, do you know he invented the phrase you the man? i'm like, he did not. although he might have, i don't know, he's the president. but the nice part was as i was researching this book, i got to ask president bush questions about the white house and his time there. and, listen, i write fiction. i can make up anything i want, right? but we all
they business. the real big event happened in the summer night 299 were bill clinton made a really mandatory, although it come back a few years. he said freddie mac and fannie mae has to have at least half your loans in affordable housing i.e. subprime lending. that was a dramatic announcement because of the size of freddie and fannie. a number of economists identify the risk involved in this issue and said listen, danny and freddie are so big that there's no way they can meet this goal without radically reducing lending standards in the home mortgage business. so it is not that big. if they achieve that goal, they're taking so much risk that studying for any candidate in financial trouble and they are so big they can take a couple u.s. financial system. nine years later it has been. what freddie and fannie failed, the outside trying dollars and they had $2 trillion in subprime mortgages. even before they failed, they would average 1000 to one. it would be like you having a net worth of $10,000. the only way you can do that is if the government guarantees your debt and this is something way
, but -- [laughter] he's a massive bully. he was in the clinton war room, and now he pretends he's an objective journalist. that's what george stephanopoulos does, that's his entire shtick. instead of going in there and playing on his terms and playing on his terms, we need to reverse the polarity. his polarity is i'm objective, you're not objective, i'm going to ask you questions and make you look horrible, and you're going to sit there and let me make you look horrible. before he says anything say, george, look, i'm really excited to be here, i'm really happy to be here, thank you for giving me access to you and your audience, really appreciate it. before we get started, i just want to point something out to the audience. i'm conservative, i say it openly. george, you're a liberal masquerading as an objective journalist. you're somebody who was in the clinton war room, you take talking points from the bole administration. so we can have a perfectly nice and simple conversation, but i want our biases on the table at the outset. if i am questioning the premise of your question, that's not becau
to eradicate coca back in the amazon. and so the last i heard was, i think it was president clinton, who said -- the dea was asking to release this fungus in the rain forest. president clinton said no at the time. the last i heard in 2007 was that they're still looking into ways of using the fungus as eradication. it sounds iffy to me, releasing a fungus into a rain forest. i think that's kind of an interesting way of seeing how these privileges are afforded to some powerful factors and not to others. i wanted to throw that in. >> i would just add real quick, first, on the brazilian fungus thing, one of the great experts on this has didn't a lot of research, is sitting in the audience. but on the question of the u.s. embassy, the u.s. embassy's own web site used to recommend to travelers in la paz to have coca tea. how many have been to la paz? it's about 13,000 feet high, and the airport, which is a plateau above the city, is even higher. so the oxygen content is 40% also at sea level. so you suffer terrible alt altitude psychness, extreme fatigue, headaches and you don't want to do anything
an interest in policy and ran for office successfully? >> guest: well, i think bill clinton is the most obvious example. um, he writes in his memoir that sometime in his 16th year he decided that politics was the real calling for him. and so at that point he became very cognizant of the idea that he wanted to run, and he began looking for electoral opportunities. so when he was in his open 20s and there was an open congressional seat in arkansas, he figured that was a good time to throw his hat into the ring. and he thought even if he lost that race, there would still be a good shot, that he would perform well enough not to ruin his political career. and sure enough, he lost the race, but he ultimately ran for attorney general and won, he game governor and then, obviously, president. >> host: so if somebody loses their first race, how much of a turnoff is that to them? >> guest: i don't think it's that much of a turnoff. that's not my major focus of research, i'm interest inside why people do it in the first place. i ran for congress. i ran in rhode island's 2nd congressional district i
are william jefferson clinton come extremely popular yourself, you are in trouble with the public and the congress is in the process of falling to republicans. do the right they never wanted to set and a small and cheap for us to strike down the genocide or alternatively, do you forego justice and preserve your own political position by instead staying out of rwanda and remembering the public was still pretty mad about the debacle in somalia. that question answers itself, just as traded off against each other. >> host: what about the book? >> guest: b.c. an extraordinary black-and-white struggle. this is not for people who like shades of gray in the third three treacherous villains. at the same time the response in the penultimate struggle between good and evil, they are entrenching characters who have twists and turns and then benefit wanted to concentrate on someone, probably the race place to start is column/spiegel, the most interesting and asset character in the book. >> host: let's address a black-and-white issue because this is the case for scholars like me, we want to get
the president and others. another chapter discusses hamilton's history of womanizing. bill clinton was not the first and he's not the worst. john edwards, these guys, they have nothing on alexander hamilton. we'll be fine, he said. she didn't complain about one thing. [inaudible] i did read a book called life in the white house, and it was about the president at ease. what are their fears and hopes and what are they like as fathers and husbands. another way of providing us a glimpse into presidential character. he sometimes wore a black suit to do this. the affairs of state, i have tried to take a different perspective. we all know about george washington. we study washington with brilliant and delaware on christmas night during the revolution. we find that the teenage washington, on more than one occasion, basically goes back home in fear because he puts pen to paper and he writes. he once wrote a poem in yet another girl turned him down. we all understand and know that our country's leaders have been shaped by the hand of a woman, often the mother, and i'm here to tell you that s
administration and led really by secretary clinton of new realist to the that the bush idealism. what caught neoconservatives and in foreign policy, but it's the conservative form of idealism about democracy, transforming countries, making things better by doing lots and lots of things. and to more or less conclude that it's just not going to work that we needed to retrench can be more realistic foreign policy. i describe this because they saw themselves as rejecting neoconservatism, but at the same time essentially rejecting liberal internationalists that they regarded as soft and squishy in much the same way conservative realists would regard it is not dangerous to american power and sovereignty. that tendency is very special in one particular way. the bush realists, conservative realists tend to take words very, very seriously. they think that words behind. they think words have ways to come back and bite you. so one of the features about the bush realists who is they are very, very careful negotiation over farmed birds. if you are the liberal internationalist, lots and lots of its talk a
democrats. it is coming. obviously clinton and obama late out at least their initial thoughts. none of the three laid out enough. i have written speeches how we should get out in the interest of time, i will go to your first question, general david petraeus. on the face of those selections by secretary gates they were ok, general david petraeus was a very impoverished general, very smart general, he knows that area. secretary gates and the president deserved the commanders that they want to. in my 12 years as senator i only loaded against one cabinet nominee and unless the cabinet nominee is so bad and so beyond the ability to resuscitator rehabilitate i always give the president the benefit of the doubt. the president deserves his team. general david petraeus is a good choice. got remember something about the army or the service. the foreign service like many of you, the war is not general david petraeus's war, it is the president's war and the military, all the people who work in the government follow the policy of the elected civilian government. they can give their opinions and
. the really big event actually happened in september 1999. bill clinton who was president at the time made it mandatory, he said, okay, freddie mac and fannie mae. you have to have at least half your loans and affordable housing. that was a very dramatic announcement because of the size of fannie and freddie. an article in "the new york times" identified the involvement in this issue. freddie and fannie were so vague that there is no way they can meet this goal without reducing lending standards. so if they had achieved that goal, they would be taking so much risk and that could happen and they are so big that they could take out the whole u.s. financial system. nine years later, it happened. when they fail, they owed $5 trillion and they had $2 trillion in subprime mortgages. even before they failed, they were leverage 1000 to one. that means they had $8000 of that for every dollar. so the only way to do that is if the government guarantees your debts, not exactly what was going on. this is something that is way underestimated. you have the dominant player and has over half the market dri
with no water. i could go on. many of these exposes took place during the clinton administration which president carter can will attest was notoriously corrupt. i think it was the reader's digest that sedna had never had so many stolen so much. marvin griffin was a forgiving sort of crook. quite a few years later he and jack and some other reporters were sitting around drinking and marvin griffin said to jack i used to think every time i see you walking into a press conference with a notebook, jack said what? he said i used to think i wonder what that be the eyed son of a bitch has on me today. jack left the constitution in 1965 to pursue the civil rights story for the l.a. times and he was always -- we have to watch our time so i will just end by saying how happy i am this book is published because he had such a wonderful career in washington, tended to overshadow this earlier phase of his career in the south and this book also ends halfway through his career, doesn't cover his career in washington except in an epilogue, and helps the reputation, beam roberts, one of the most important journali
they didn't support the surge in iraq, get after hillary clinton. she voted against the surge. get after barack obama, he voted against the surge. get after the entire joint chiefs of staff at the time. they were all against the surge. and you can make the case that the surge worked in a tactical way. it still hasn't worked in its ultimate, strategic objectives for reasons that i discussed, and in the meantime, it did cost a lot of money and probably, you know, a thousand extra american soldiers died in the implementation of that surge compared with if you just pulled them out. was that worth it? i don't know. i don't know. we don't know yet. but it's not, it is not a clear-cut fact that the surge worked and we won and that sort of thing. as for the jewish lobby question, i mean, you know, let's get real. the israeli press, i mean, i'm jewish. the israeli press refers to aipac as the jewish lobby. okay, it's a little -- and, you know, aipac has had this thing going for years where anybody who criticizes israel, they say, oh, well, you're anti-semitic. you're really talking about jews, yo
. finally it was clinton who made nature of the commission. >> carter appointed me when i left his education. he appointed me to the commission. >> host: at what point did it become clear that agency would become permanent in a sense? >> guest: after the first year when the report stated, with the commission did with instead of sitting down and saying okay, they did some hearings. the major powers the commission hide a point not in the book continues the most important thing about the commission. it will go out and listen to people that nobody else will listen to you. the civil rights problems people had said they could not get anyone to pay attention. not just local people, but the federal government. they would write letters and nobody would pay attention. the civil rights commission decided. listen to these people and see what they have to say and they have the power of the statue to subpoena anyone. eisenhower said the reason i want to get it passed by congress is because my attorney general tells me that's the only way they can subpoena anybody. given what the problems are, some people
. and so the last i heard was, i think with president clinton who, who said, the dea was asking to release this fungus into the rain forest. president clinton said no, at the time. the last i heard in 2007 was that they're still looking into ways of using this fungus as an eradication method. it sounds kind of iffy, releasing a fungus into a rain forest. but yeah, i just think that's an interesting way of seeing how these privileges are afforded some powerful factors and not to others. i just want to throw that in. >> i would just add real quick, first on the fungus thing. one of the great experts in this town, jeremy who is sitting in the audience who has done research on this issue, perhaps we can talk later, jeremy, but on the question of u.s. embassy, the u.s. embassy's own website used to recommend to travelers landing to have coca tea. it's a no-brainer. la paz, how may people have been too low cost? it's about 13,000 feet high. and the airport, a plateau above the city is even higher. so your oxygen content at that altitude is about 40% of which would have at sea level. so you suffe
thing i worry about is the threshold. go back to 1998. president clinton launched missiles based on the intelligence from the embassy blown up in east africa and launched missiles to afghanistan. they hit target and if you had asked any of us in the room the next morning whether america was in war, i trust that all of us would have said no. we fired the missiles but we're not at war. if you asked people near the impact of the missiles they have a different view. and so the danger is it can potentially lower the willingness to use force and not think of it as a war. and yet you build up enemies. you build up people who think they're at war with you. when did al qaeda go to war with united states and the average answer is 9/11. al qaeda declared war against the united states in 1996. most of us didn't get the memo. but they attacked the cold, the attacked east africa. they were at war with this. there's danger when one side is at war and the other isn't. the danger of the technology is that any time you can sit back and do something to somebody else, you don't necessarily feel. if
happened on september 9th 299. for bill clinton, president at the time made it mandatory, although it's gone back two years and he said okay, freddie mac and fannie mae, to government-sponsored enterprise have half-year loss of affordable housing, i.e. subprime lending. that was a germanic announcement because of the size of freddy and fannie. there was an article in "the new york times" identified the risk involved in this issue in a sad lesson, freddie and fannie are so big that there's no way they can meet this goal without radically reducing mining standards and home mortgage business. for legitimate affordable housing market is not that big. if they achieve that goal, they'll take so much risk that freddie and fannie can get in financial trouble and that could have been in 10 years. they are so big they can take out the whole u.s. financial system. nine years that have been. we have $5 trillion had $2 trillion in subprime mortgages. even before they failed, they were leveraged 1000 to one. that means that a thousand dollars in debt. and it's like having a net worth of $10,000 in
're not interested. you don't understand we want our slaves. >> but clinton's evolution is someone who's sees the necessity but moves to different ways to deal with that by the middle of 1862 he moves to a completely different way as a military measure, a military order but put it that way you'll need the consent of the slave owners. this is for military reasons it is a form of the evolution but is most impressive lincoln does not start as the great demands a peter and shares prejudice abuse but every step for word he never goes back and thinks of the implications he is never willing to go back, he is pressured in 1964 but the question of blacks in american society he really has to think about what role african-americans will play and he moves forward on that. he thinks of the logical consequences. he is willing to except the logic of what is happening in by the end of his life occupying different positions with slave in america and early in his career. >> what about in terms of policy? did it help push him along? >> the military is on the frontlines of getting rid of slavery may of 1861 the
. clinton was president, the republicans mainly were running congress when we had things like nafta, china most favored nation status, the wto, the world trade organization, all of these trade deals people claimed were going to bring jobs to the united states, and in every case the jobs left.
. remember the old bill clinton strategy, saying in 1992 when the economy was nowhere near as bad as the one barack obama inherited, he was doing so many things at once. i mean, give him credit, he accomplished an incredible amount of stuff. but one result of that is it was very hard for the american electorate to see the forest with all these trees popping up. like, what did health care reform have to do with getting people back to work? the answer is not anything really. although it was a good thing to do in its own right. in my view, not in everybody's view. and so you had people watching this burst of act -- activity in 27 directions at once and not perceiving the really excellent job that the obama team did in preventing a much worse fate than we could have had. so i think i've talked too long already. let me stop there and see what sort of questions. i'm in trouble here. of. [applause] >> thank you. >> you'll take the questions. um, this is a bit of a town meeting, so if you're comfortable saying your name, please do. and line up at the month, and everyone will get a chance. of so, ple
is the threshold. quÉbec in 1998. president clinton who launched tomahawk missiles based on the intelligence from the embassies brought up in east africa in a lunchtime hot missiles in sudan to afghanistan and they hit targets. if you have tenuous in the next term the next morning for work, all of us would've said no. we fired some tomahawk missiles were not a word. if u.s. people near the impact of this tomahawk missiles, they'd have a different view. so the dangerous it can can lower the willingness to use force cannot think of it is water and yet you build up people at war with you. when did al qaeda go to war with united states? the average answer is 9/11. al qaeda declared war against the united states in 1996. most of us didn't get the memo, but they attacked the cold come east africa. they were at war with us. there's always a danger when sunset is at war in both ways. so the danger in all this technology in cyprus got the same potential. anytime you can sit back in relative safety and do something to somebody else come you don't necessarily feel it. if your son or daughter is going into t
with the internet. when bill clinton and i went into the white house in 1993, there were 50 sites on the worldwide web. now there's a trillion of them. look at what happened to newspaper all over the world. dallas part of -- that's part of the breakdown of the old pattern, but now we have facebook, twitter, and it keeps going. i spent time in silicon valley, and there's 20 # new companies out there that reached a ball dollar evaluation just in the last year and a half. our world is changing dramatically, some of the old is breaking down, and fading away and dispating, but the new patterns are quite complex and challenging and they bring a lot of changes. these six drivers of global change are all emergent changes. they have been building up for awhile, and now they are all kind of happening statement. let's take them one by one. number one, chapter one. earth inc, a new interconnected, global economy that operates as if it is a single entity. we've been seeing the outsourcing of jobs, and we've been seeing the connection of the supply side, and now we have virtual factories with supply lines runni
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